In spare prose, with laser-like attention to every word and the juxtaposition of words to each other, Nunez returns to themes of emotional alienation, within the context of class and color discrimination, so richly developed in her earlier novels. Anna, the novel's main character who has a successful publishing career in the United States, is the daughter of an upper-class Caribbean family.
While on vacation in the island home of her birth she discovers that her mother, Beatrice, has breast cancer. Beatrice categorically rejects all efforts to persuade her to go to the United States for treatment, even though it is, perhaps, her only chance of survival. Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page. If no book jacket appears in a few seconds, then we don't have an excerpt of this book or your browser is unable to display it.
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Anna In-Between is also an immigrant woman's story, the saga of a woman who grapples with her insider-outsider status as she tries to forge a sense of place as a black immigrant woman in America. Anna ponders, "Is a true West Indian one who listens exclusively to reggae, calypso, and steel pan music, one who finds no enjoyment in European classical music, who indeed derides it? Does a true West Indian own his own home but crowds six families into the rooms to pay the mortgage? The ambiguity persists even after Anna returns to the country of her birth where she second guesses whether or not her fate would have been different had she not left.
Will they, the ones who did not emigrate, always be on the inside? Finally, Anna In-Between is a woman's journey through the maze of the publishing industry which can often be unwelcoming to different perspectives, an establishment where decision makers " refuse to find themselves in black characters. It is by telling stories that are plausible, about characters who are believable, that the writer eases us into exploring the many facets of the human condition. What if the worlds they inhabit are worlds inhabited by other people of color?
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